I’m a Law student so I need to study Law.
But before that, I’d like to tell something about myself. I’ve only recently discovered that visualization and loci methods are real things; I thought only I used them in school. My teachers said that I had a very scientific mind, now I think I did have one, because it took only a few readings to remember the human anatomy, the plant anatomy, physics, chemistry, basically everything in science. I loved to read my science books again and again out of curiosity and remembered everything each time. Even today when I mention “respiration”, the picture from my textbook comes to my mind and I can pinpoint the lungs, the diaphragm, the ribs, the heart, everything else in the upper body. I’ve forgotten the exact body part names since its been 5 years, but I still remember the pictures, locations and movements of air in lungs, food in stomach, kidney, etc. You get me! It was interesting and visual.
But I had to study Law. I hated humanities and had a hard time remembering non visual texts. But I didn’t think about it then, studied Law, procrastinated a lot. During my graduation I was always under stress because I knew I was procrastinating so much. It’s only now that I come to realize that I procrastinated not because I wasn’t interested in studying or I was a bad student, but I didn’t like Law and couldn’t visualize it. I don’t like fiction, don’t read novels and Law is everything but science, that I remember from my school till this date.
What I remember easily: small sentences. I remembered scientific names of organisms or chemical names of elements easily. I didn’t even think about it. My mind was so accustomed to visualization that I would read for eg “Ag” and instantly associated Silver by imagining a silver plate with Ag printed in it.
Law on the other hand is very boring to me. It’s extremely boring and the only was that I’ve discovered here on this website (from other Law students) is to create stories using Law but I hate stories and fiction, I can’t visualize stories. They feel like a burden to me.
So I came to this website almost one month ago in July, read about the memory palace and found that it was something I unknowingly used to do in school as well. I got excited and tried to use it on Law books. But… I couldn’t even visualize something as interesting as “murder” in criminal law. I just … can’t. My brain just doesn’t cooperate. So I tried to switch to a book about computers and I instantly remembered everything in my first reading. For that I unknowingly visualized the computer at our home, visualized all the parts, all the internals, their connections, flow of data, the way I use my computer (to understand computer memory) etc.
But when I got back to Law book, I was instantly repelled. So I chuck out visualization and started rote memorizing the codes as it is verbatim. I read one section and repeat it quickly 5 to 10 times (once I tried to repeat it 100 times), read the beginning sentence and repeat it 5 times then next sentence then next. Like that. Needless to say I did this for one month, I did this the whole day today and I can’t recall anything. I have to study Law whether I like it or not, I have no other option.
It took me 5 years to realize that I’d stopped studying not because I was a bad student but because I wasn’t interested in what I studied.
In our closed book exams, we have to write the codes and much much more concept verbatim. I don’t know how others do it. I don’t know what to do. I have to memorize around 15 books in 2 months. HELP me memorize something that I’m not interested in (I’ve read the first step to visualize is to be interested in what you study). No matter how hard I try, I can’t “digest” the fact that I’m a Law student, I study Law, not science and I’m not in school anymore.